2012 Taste of Chicago Festival

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Summer is all about mouth-watering seasonal food and outdoor family fun. As usual, Chicago is turning up the heat with the Taste of Chicago, “A 4-Star Feastival of Food and Fun.” The famous Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, held every year in Grant Park. For 5 days this July, Chicagoland will turn into a vibrant hot spot that's one of the best things to do in Chicago for foodies or fun-lovers. The 32-year-old festival, which averages more than 2.5 millions visitors annually, is a celebration of Chicago’s diverse culinary community—every year the tradition is spiced up with new and exciting elements. Admission to the 2012 Taste of Chicago, which takes place on July 11-15, from 11 am – 9 pm, is free to the public. Food and beverage tickets are sold in … [Read more...]

Step into Spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

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This spring, Chicago’s Navy Pier welcomes back the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. What better way to say good-bye to winter and welcome in the sweet smells of spring than with a weeklong celebration of beautiful gardens and inspirational demonstrations? The show is the only consumer event of its kind in the Midwest and offers innovative and diverse ideas for green thumbs as well as beginner gardeners. This year the show’s theme is “Hort Couture,” reflecting the influence of fashion and design on gardening, floral arranging, and landscaping. When fashion and horticulture collide, the infusion of vibrant colors, rich textures, intricate patterns, and jaw-dropping beauty are inspirational and enjoyable for everyone. This year’s events will take place from March 10th … [Read more...]

The Amazing Life of Jellies at Shedd Aquarium

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It seems impossible that any animal could survive without blood, bones, or brains. Yet jellyfish have been gliding through the oceans for millions of years without any of these three “essentials.” In fact, the body of a jellyfish is 95% water! The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is now offering the opportunity to take a closer look at these fascinating creatures⎯for a limited time only⎯ in their newest exhibit: Jellies. Jellyfish are a mysterious creature and are difficult to study because of their fragility, varying sizes, and uneven distributions. This exhibit is an exclusive chance to learn about 11 different species of jellyfish, from the aptly named Umbrella Jelly to the vibrant Northeast Pacific Sea Nettle. You’ll discover wild facts about these incredible sea creatures. … [Read more...]

Adler Planetarium, Chicago Childrens Museum, and More!

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If you're planning a trip to Chicago this winter season, you may not be seeing a lot of snow - news outlets are reporting that the upcoming months should be wet and warmer than previous years. That's not stopping the city from embracing winter, however; there's still ice skating, polar adventure days, and much more winter fun to be had. Here are some ideas for where to visit this winter in Chicago: Ice Skating With the warmer temperatures predicted for this winter, it's never too cold outside to enjoy some ice skating. Millennium Park, located near the city's Lake Michigan shoreline, is hosting free ice skating through March (weather permitting). The Park sees more than 100,000 skaters annually, and offers rental skates for only $10. Or how about taking your ice skating to the next … [Read more...]

7 Romantic Things to Do in Chicago

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With fall on the way, now is the time to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart—the weather will be perfect for evening cuddling in soft sweaters or walking hand in hand in the crisp autumn air. Believe it or not, Chicago is a surprisingly romantic place for lovebirds, despite the hustle and bustle of the Windy City. It's full of luxurious hotels and charming bed & breakfasts, as well as intimate restaurants to share an elegant meal. Plus, you'll make unforgettable memories while experiencing the multitude of attractions Chicago offers. Picture yourself cozying up to your mate as you take in the spectacular Chicago skyline while the sun sets. If that's not romantic, what is? Need some help thinking of romantic things to do in Chicago? Here are 7 suggestions for you and your … [Read more...]

The Best Chicago Family Attractions

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One of the great things about Chicago as a vacation destination is that there are endless things to do for travelers of all ages. The dozens of state-of-the-art museums and renowned landmarks are fun for kids and parents, and family-friendly hotels and restaurants make your Chicago family vacation all the more convenient. Chicago also boasts lots of community-oriented parks and entertainment, which means you’ll find plenty of free and inexpensive activities for your family to enjoy. So where should you go on you’re Chicago family vacation? Try not to be overwhelmed by all the opportunities; whatever you decide to do, remember to relax and make the most of it. One of the best parts of Chicago is just being there. Keep your eyes open for the magnificent architecture that manifests … [Read more...]

10 Cool Things to Do in Chicago in the Summer

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If you're going to be in or around Illinois any time over the summer you definitely want to check out some or all of these 10 cool things to do in Chicago: Go On a Few Bicycle Tours What better way to enjoy the sights and the sun at the same time than with a Chicago bicycle tour? Bike Chicago offers tours that are fun and suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Embark on the Amazing Lakefront tour to discover beaches, gardens, and lagoons, or opt for the Friendly Neighborhood tour to see some of the city’s most luxurious homes, cobblestone sidewalks, and beautiful parks. Visit Wrigley Field Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, no visit to Chicago is complete without a stop at Wrigley Field. Wrigley is the second oldest ballpark in America, and the highly-recommended … [Read more...]